Service members leave the military with an array of skills and specialties. But employment isn’t always a guarantee, especially during times of economic crisis and uncertainty. There are a a host of organizations and resources out there dedicated to helping veterans secure gainful employment upon the conclusion of their military service.
Given the current financial climate, they’re more important than ever. Here’s a look at a few:
1. Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA)
The nonprofit organization, HHUSA, offer a number of free programs, which help veterans to switch from war life to the workforce. The association also works with veterans during job search and placement. These services are also available to spouses of military members. HHUSA provides most of its services only to disabled or wounded veterans, and veterans who served in operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “Enduring Freedom.” The help comes in the form of workshops, mock interviews, veteran retreats, resume help and many other resources.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management owns the veterans employment website, FedsHireVets.com. The purpose of the site is to help veterans find positions within the federal government. The Department of Defense, Labor, Veteran Affairs, Homeland Security are just some of the various groups partnered with the website, according to the Office of Personnel Management. FedsHireVets.com updates daily with accurate information on jobs, training and other useful resources for both veteran and employer. The site also has a comprehensive list of contact information for agencies that also provide recruitment, employment, training and retention services.
Military.com is one of the largest Internet job boards and social networking site for veterans. The website comes fully equipped with blogs, discussion boards, job posts, a resume builder, tips, free business card tools, career fair directory and much more. In addition, Military.com partnered with Monster, connecting employers to veterans.
VetJobs.com allows both veteran and prospective employer to post ads on the site. Veterans can also take a career advisor evaluation valued at $250 free-of-charge.
5. The United States Department of Labor
The Department of Labor has a program called Veterans’ Employment and Training Services, or VETS. VETS does just what the title states; it provides training and employment opportunities for military members. They also award grants to other program with the same initiatives, such homeless veteran reintegration projects.
The Department of Veteran Affairs provides Vetbiz.gov, a free, informational website that gives budding veteran entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Mentoring, coaching and vendor directories are only a few of the tools made available.
With limited skills, it could be daunting for a young veteran, fresh out of the army to think of starting his or her own business. However, many veterans are doing just that with Vetbiz.com establishing the foundation.
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